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Landa Lake silt won't end up in Kuehler dump
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
If any dredging gets done in or around Landa Lake, the resulting silt and debris will be carted to the city dump on Freiheit Road.
Residents of Helms Terrace, Eastlawn Terrace and Kuehler Street gave the City Council a round of applause when that motion was made, and filed out as the vote was being taken. Said councilmember Donnie Seay, “We finally did something popular.” The group had brought a 127-signature petition against putting the silt at a closed Kuehler Avenue dump. The city staff had considered that location because it was closer to the park.
“We all bought our property, and we were aware of the sewage plant out there,” said Alfonso Alvarez.
“We have to contend with that smell. But I see no reason why anything should be added.”
As far as city parks are concerned, there may not be anything to add, said City Manager E.N. Delashmutt. I>ast Friday, the Corps of Engineers provided federal fish and wildlife agencies with requested information on the fountain darter, an endangered species just recently found to be living in the Comal Springs.
Delashmutt said Parks Director Court Thieleman might hear something late today on whether a dredging permit will be granted. “There is some chance they (the federal agencies) will insist on a full environmental impact statement,” he said. “I told the Corps if that’s the case to just call me; don’t bother writing. We’re not gonna take it any farther than that.”
“Did anyone every find out by whose authority Southwest Texas put those fish in our lake?” a council member asked Delashmutt. “I’d sure like to know.”
The fountain darter was indigenous to Comal Springs, but died out when the springs stopped flowing in a 1950s drought. A few years ago, someone from Southwest Texas State University “restocked” from San Marcos Springs, where the species had been luckier. Delashmutt and the City Council didn’t know the fish were there until SWT heard about New Braunfels Utilities’ plan to lower the lake for repairs to the hydro-generator.
The lowering was scheduled to start Monday, but has been postponed until Jan. 17 while the city tries
See SILT, Page 12InsideT oday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for fair and mild today and Wednesday, and clear and cold tonight. Winds will be northwesterly near IO mph today, and light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 5:51 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:27a.m.Cougarettes Roll
It was a night in which the Canyon Cougarettes could do little wrong. Stephanie Burch’s 23 outside points combined with Shelley Nance’s 15 inside points, a tough defense and total control of the backboards, resulted in a 52-35 win over the Lockhart Lions. See Page 5.Prison Siege Ends
After 53 tense hours, inmates at New York’s Ossining Corrections Center, formerly called Sing-Sing, released 17 prison guards they were holding hostage. See Page 11.
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Reagan outlines 'crop swap' plan
DALLAS (AP) — President Reagan, promising farmers that “help is on the way,” today announced the government will give them free surplus grain for idling up to half their fields.
The program, which Reagan called a “crop swap,” is designed to pump up sagging farm prices by whittling big government commodity stockpiles.
Agriculture Secretary John Block predicted the program will have little impact on grocery prices, increasing the cost of bread less than a penny a loaf.
Reagan, speaking to the 64th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said, “Because these are unusual and critical times on American farms, we don’t have time to stand around chewing our cud.”
He had asked the lame-duck session of Congress to authorize the payment-in-kmd, or P1K. program, but put it in place on his own today because the measure did not pass the Senate.
The administration has now concluded it does not need congressional approval to go ahead, but is
inviting Congress to endorse the program anyway.
The plan will be used on top of existing production control programs, under which eligible farmers will receive cash and continued price support protection for idling 20 percent of their land this year.
Under the program announced today, farmers will be eligible to take an additional 30 percent of their fields out of production.
In exchange, they will receive surplus wheat, corn, sorghum, cotton and rice, w hich they could sell or use for livestock teed.
The government hopes 23 million acres of land will be idled by the PJK program. That would reduce wheat, corn and sorghum production bv IO percent, cut cotton production by 20 percent and reduce rice production by 15 percent, the Agriculture Department estimates
Reagan said the program is designed to reduce this year’s harvest so that price-depressing
See REAGAN, Page 12
Election Code clouds at-large positions
It looked as though the Charter Review Committee had devised a good plan for reorganizing the New Braunfels City Council. But City Attorney John Chunn has run into a snag.
The Texas Constitution states in Article XI that home rule cities which have elected to extend council terms beyond two years in length must have council members elected by majority vote.
New' Braunfels has seven council members serving staggered three-year terms. Three seats came open in 1981, two in 1982 and two should come up in 1983.
The charter committee has proposed to continue this system, except that four members should be
elected (two one year, and two the next I by districts. Each city resident will get to vote for only one member in those two years. The other three council members w ould be elected at large in the third yea!. by plurality vote. Each resident could vote for one. two or three candidates, and the top three would be seated w ith no runoffs.
If Chunn’s interpretation is correct, that last provision is unconstitutional “I’ve advised MALDEF’s attorney of this,” he told City Council Monday night. The plurality system was recommended by the Mexican American l.egal
See ELECTION, Page 12
Two suspects hold up motorist Monday on Bear Creek Road
Details are still sketchy in an early Monday morning armed robbery, which left a 31-year-old woman $70 poorer.
The robbery occurred when the woman, w ho lives in Schertz but works in New Braunfels, was returning from the Canyon Lake area at approximately I a.m. Monday. Sheriff’s Lt. Gilbert Villarreal said a deputy’s report had indicated a car, possibly parked on Bear Creek Road near Highway 46. When the woman slowed down to go around it, two men opened her car doors, robbed her, and fled in a Mustang back in the direction of Canyon l.ake.
Villarreal said there were three suspects involved,
an Anglo male and a Latin male w ho earned out the robbery, and one I .atm male who stayed in the car. The vehicle is said to bt* “possibly a blue ’65 Mustang, but I don’t know yet whether it’s light blue, dark blue, or two-toned blue,” Villarreal added
In other police-related news, $830 in cigarettes and a New Braunfels National Bank bag with $50 rn change were reported stolen from Jesse’s Discount Gas at 617 Highway 81 West. The burglary occurred sometime between ll p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, and 7 a rn. Monday, Jan. IO.
Entry into the building was gained with a prybar. The cigarettes were in cartons, and were assorted brands.County to appoint panel to help select jail site
An 11-member citizens committee will be named Monday to help the county find a site to build a new county jail.
According to a yet-to-be approved federal lawsuit settlement, the county is required to have a new jail built and ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985.
At the suggestion of Comm. Monroe Wetz, each commissioner this week will submit the names of two persons from their precincts who have agreed to serve on the committee.
The remaining three committee members will bt; nominated by County Judge Fred Clark, who during next Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting will announce the committee’s membership.
County Attorney Bill Renner, present in Commissioners Court Monday, suggested that Sheriff Walter Fellers, County Auditor Bate Bond and one member from Commissioners Court, all serve on the committee.
Clark agreed that input from these
three would be needed by the citizens committee. However, he did not feel that they needed to actually serve on the committee, but instead be available “to provide necessary input if needed.”
Comm. J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, who was appointed bason between the court and the Austin architects working on the county’s jail plans, suggested that the citizens committee look for a location capable of holding more than just a jail.
In looking at possible jail sites the
committee should “look for something other than just for a confinement facility,” said Evans. “At minimum (they should look for something) that might be called a criminal justice center.”
Re liner reminded the court that the committee would have to work swiftly since a hearing has been set for Feb. 24 in U.S. District Court in San Antonio to hear the proposed jail settlement.
Other than the occurance “of some bizarre occurance,” Reimer noted,
“we’re going to have to work under the time limit that we have” lo have a jail completed no later than August, 1985.
Commissioners Court has called a special meeting for Wednesday at IO a.in. to “consider the selection of an architectural firm. ”
Holt-Fatter and Scott, an Austin architectural firm, has been working on the county’s plans thus far, however, the court has not yet approved a contract with that group.
Since November, the court has been
considering the four “compensation packets” — which outline Holt-Fatter and Scott’s alternate fees.
The jail settlement, which still needs the blessings of a federal court judge, was arrived at last summer by the court and attorneys for Robert Delgado.
Delgado, a former county jail inmate, filed the suit against the county for alleged unconstitutional jail conditions
— JACQUELINE SMITH
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Bulverde residents oppose subdivision
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
His first day on the job in Commissioners Court and County Judge Fred Clark found himself having to explain a sitution the court has had to face since its existence — lack of ordinance-making power.
That topic came up during a discussion on the county’s water supply, specifically in the Bulverde area.
Betty Baker, from the Citizens Task Force on Water, and a small group of Bulverde area residents expressed their concern about the water supply.
The subject came up during the court’s consideration of final plat approval to Spring Oak Estates Subdivision, Unit I and II as presented by sudivision owner Gordon Sutton and his engineer Al Armstrong.
These two units, which comprise 236 acres, divided into 280 lots, are located off Bulverde-Spring Branch Road south of Highway 46.
The court, although sympathetic to the residents’ concerns, said it could not legally do anything about the water supply.
And seeing that the proposed subdivision met
See WATER, Page 12
Fred Clark listens at his first meeting